After the novelty of the first days of secondary school and a new job in the Sparkles household, this week was all about our routine as clubs retsarted and we began our new ‘normal.’ It means an earlier start for me at 6am, but with a staggered set off and return from school, it does seem more relaxed at certain times of the day. Here are some of the things which have made our week sparkle.
Last Sunday Mr S picked some of the last fruits and vegetables from our garden for this season, runner beans and the tomatoes which have finally ripened. Mr S and Little Miss as our resident gardeners have had a successful garden allotment this year and have tried a few new crops too. There is nothing as tasty as homegrown veggies.
Whilst Mr S tidied the garden, I took the children to pick some blackberries in the fields near our home. It was a hot and sunny afternoon in the meadows and there is something just very wholesome and healthy about being in fields with bundles of hay, picking berries. The children insisted that I took a photo of the butterfly which was fluttering around the bushes. We collected lots of berries and at home, made an autumn fruits crumble adding appples from our neighbour’s garden, before freezing the rest. There was such a beautiful aroma in our kitchen when I was preparing the crumble, the warmth of the spices and caramelised fruit, complemented by my orange and chilli pepper candle.
Little Man adores cubs and is a very commited member of the pack. He finds school lessons tough but is able to do everything at cubs as its so outdoorsy and practical, I think he feels an equal at cubs, rather than school where he has a 1:1 TA and has to go intervention groups. This week he was made seconder of his six and was beaming with pride and happiness. I was lucky enough to be in the hall when this was announced and it was one fof those magic moments to treasure to see his reaction. Now, I just have to sew it on and all the new badges he received last week.
At the grand age of 46, I’m off to university again as a mature student . Its a part time professional course which work are financing, and is fortunately based at the local agricultural college and not the Univeristy of Exeter which is nearly 100 miles away. Its a course I’ve wanted to do over the past few years and I am so excited to be finally enrolled. And of course, a student needs lots of new stationery eh!
4. A day off
Officially I don’t work Thursdays but life is very busy at work and recently I’ve done a lot of overtime. This week I didn’t and had such a lovely day, doing a 4 mile run after the school run, catching up with emails and household tasks and then meeting my fantatsic friend for a lunch to celebrate her 40th. It reminded me I should try and make that time for myself.
5. An autumn beach day!
At this time of year a little challenge emerges, how long can I keep wearing my shorts and flip flops. Today, Saturday was stunning weather, we had perfect running conditions for parkrun (and another PB for Little Miss) and then we spent the afternoon on the beach, the children in the sea with their boards and me reading on the beach. Somemtimes life is pretty perfect.